Archive for the ‘Reflections’ category

Unlock the Treasures of Tranquility

by Hiba Khan I am easily distracted. This trait was a hindrance throughout my academic studies, but no doubt the area in which it is most detrimental is my worship. My daily prayers are plagued by thoughts that creep into my consciousness and silently grip my mind and heart, steering them away from Allah subhanahu […]

Dignity, not Charity

By Louiza Chekhar One day, a man from Medina approached the Prophet ﷺ (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) for help, and the Prophet ﷺ asked whether he had any possessions in his house. He asked the man to bring the cloth and bowl which he owned, then sold them to one of his companions […]

Striving for Excellence

First Topic: Why Be Good When You Can Be “Excellent”? By Uzma Awan It so happens, sometimes Shaytan (Satan) fools us into believing we are doing well. We are keeping up with our fard (obligatory) salah (prayer), Ramadan fasts, yearly zakat (a tax that is the duty and social obligation of every Muslim), and infrequent […]

An Innocent Perspective

By Ammarah Usmani There’s something about kids that just makes me smile. As wild and unmanageable as they can be at times, it all stems from the glorious glow of innocence that adorns their faces each passing day. I was substituting for the Qur’an teacher at the Islamic school’s summer program. The kids were all […]

Reaching the Source

By Noha Gomaa The other day I passed by my University and noticed a blood drive taking place.  I have seen blood drives before, ads and signs asking people to give.  They became so frequent and like any other advertisement, I would just walk by. But that day I was curious.  I turned around and […]

The Digital Dunya: Why I’m OK With Mediocre

It took me a very long time to realize this, but as soon as I did, I found myself shuttled into a new realm of liberation. I am fine with being mediocre. Let me explain. In this tech-savvy day and age, religiosity has found a new medium for expression: the internet. It is through this […]

Is it Too Late for Some of Us?

By Hamza Nabi Bismilah. Alhamdulillah. Was salatu was salamu ‘ala Rasoolillah. Amma ba’d. (In the name of God. All praise be to God. And peace and blessings on the Messenger of God.) There are things we are supposed to learn in life. Balancing our fear of God’s Punishment and our hope in God’s Mercy. Figuring […]

On Excess

By Meltem Baykaner The day of Eid al-Adha last year was happily spent with my husband’s side of the family. With the men in one room of my brother-in-law’s house and we women in the other, we laughed as the children bounced around us excitedly, concentrating on one of the activities thoughtfully set up for […]

Sappy Love

Glimpses of Marital Bliss: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV| Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII We know about sappy love movies, where lovers have that star-dazed look in their eyes and are willing to do anything- anywhere- anytime- to be with their lover. Well, that does exist in Muslim marriages. And […]

Last Ramadan

My wife says that this could be her last Ramadan.  I protest saying it could be, but it could also be mine, and it could be anyone else’s, and that no one is guaranteed anything, anyway.   This is half-hearted and she knows it.  We do indeed all know that we are going to die […]

Allah is Greater

By Aisha Shahnaz It is drizzling outside and the raindrops gently fall against my window. Though it is raining, the sunlight has remained undiminished during the downpour, leaving an ethereal landscape that is caught temporarily between sunlight and rain. God’s mercy pours down upon us this Ramadan, this month caught somewhere between who we were […]

The End of Every Matter is Better

From Tareq Al-Suwaidan | Translated by Jinan Bastaki Tareq Al-Suwaidan shared the following: (قال الله تعالى (وللآخرة خير لك من الأولى !! إن أول ما يخطر على أذهاننا في تفسير الآية أن الدار الأخرة خير لنا من الدنيا . ..ولكن الآية تحمل معنى أوسع يقول : عاقبة كل أمر لك خير لك من أوله ولذلك فإن […]

The Parable of The Prostitute

As provocative as the title sounds, the following narration is one that constantly inspires me and expands my mind. I relate to you the following: Abu Huraira radi allahu `anhu (may God have mercy on him) reported Allah’s Messenger ﷺ (peace be upon him) as saying: “There was a dog moving around a well whom thirst […]

The Little Things That Count

Glimpses of Marital Bliss: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV| Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI Some of us have grandiose ideas of what romance is. Many of us have been programmed by popular culture to expect big gestures of love and passion and intimacy. However, when we take the time […]

Checkpoints of Faith: Where do you Stand?

By Accepted Whispers About six months ago, I had just finished praying Fajr (dawn prayer) and decided to recite some Qur’an. Craving attention and appreciation from the right place this time, I remembered reading somewhere that the angels witness morning recitation. I gently flipped through the pages of my Qur’an and started recitation from where […]

Want to Know What Ramadan’s Really About?

By Tanima Mim Hossain So, what is the first thing you think about when you hear the word “Ramadan”? Oof…Fasting, sleeping all day, yummy iftars (meals to break the fast), and you can be sure that everyone—and I mean everyone—knows what time maghrib (sunset) is. In fact, it is probably the only prayer time people […]

A Woman of God

In the past week or so, I have had a number of mini-revelations about myself that has led to an ultimate one: I want to be a woman of Allah. A woman of God. What does that mean? For me, and at this point in my life, it means that I want to live for […]

The Spirit of Modesty

By Usman Siddiqui Many Muslims – myself included — often forget about the spirit of Islam in matters of law and worship. For instance, do we not recite 114 times in the Qur’an, “In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful” – should this not, then, be the spirit with which all our actions […]

Hopefully, I Can Express It In Words

All right, so this might be a bit difficult, a bit abstract. Maybe you won’t even understand an iota of what I will try to explain—but hopefully, I can express it in words. Do you know that aching feeling that there is something wrong? That there is something that needs to be fixed? That feeling […]

Giving the Love We Want

  Glimpses of Marital Bliss: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV| Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX Marriages flourish with compromise, understanding and appreciation on behalf of both spouses. In this narrative, a wife shares the way in which she was understanding and compromising of her husband’s personal preferences, and the way through […]